April 2005 Issue
Sources North and South
Browse for furniture in Geauga and Adams counties.
Holmes County, criss-crossed in northeast Ohio by State Routes 39 and 83, and the surrounding area have earned a reputation for fine Amish-crafted furniture. But other parts of the state also have sources for Amish-made tables, chairs, cabinets, bedroom sets and other wood pieces.
In Geauga County, home to the fourth-largest Amish settlement in the world, a traveler should begin a furniture-shopping trip in Middlefield, located at the junction of State Routes 87 and 608. Drive north on St. Rte. 608 for about a mile and turn right on Nauvoo Road. Immediately on the left is Nauvoo Country Furniture. Here, visitors will find tightly packed aisles of oak and cherry dining room and bedroom furniture.
"We also sell furniture made from maple and hickory," says Freeman Miller, the store's manager. "Most of what we sell here is made in Holmes and Tuscarawas counties."
After leaving Nauvoo Country Furniture, drive east on Nauvoo Road for about a mile. On the right, look for Country Side Furnishings. With a new building addition, Country Side offers a large retail space filled with solid oak and cherry pieces in Country, Mission, Shaker and Queen Anne styles. The store also sells paintings and prints by local artists.
Exit the parking lot at Nauvoo Country Furniture and turn right. Drive to St. Rte. 528 and make a right. Go through two stop lights and then look for Shedd Road. Turn right onto Shedd and proceed a short distance to Yoder's Furniture. Looking more like a home than a store - not unusual in Amish communities - it is on the left side of the road.
Yoder's specializes in handmade furniture including entertainment centers, computer and roll-top desks, dining room and bedroom furniture, rocking chairs, gliding horses and motion clocks. An eagle-eyed shopper will also find hand-carved wood miniatures of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
A furniture-buying trip to southern Ohio's Amish country should include a stop in the Adams County town of West Union, at the junction of State Routes 125 and 247. Miller's Bakery & Furniture, located on Wheat Ridge Road, offers a large selection of Amish-made solid oak and cherry furniture. Be sure to follow your nose to the bakery while you are there.
From Miller's Bakery & Furniture, continue west on Wheat Ridge Road to Unity Road. Make a left. A short distance down the road on the right is Countryside Furniture. The store features handcrafted bedroom sets in oak, rustic cedar or hickory. Countryside also offers Mission-style oak sofas, loveseats, chairs and more than 40 different styles of motion clocks.
"Our clocks are very unique," says Countryside's owner Aaron Miller. "Every clock plays a song on the hour and each plays a total of six or more different songs."
Drive about 10 miles north of West Union to Seaman and you'll come upon the Keim Family Market, which carries a variety of cabinetry, rocking chairs and outdoor wooden furniture. The market also serves as a general store and bakery featuring pies and other home-baked goods.